Configure, Check, Connect
With the Select I/O and xStream engineering tools, it is now possible to the decouple tasks and allow two independent teams to work in parallel and then bind together with precision and efficiency later. This reduces the impact of changes during the project and potentially greatly reduces the commissioning time.
While the application code is being developed and tested by the application engineers, the field work can be done at any time after the cabinets are delivered to site and installed:
- Configure: Select I/O is scanned in the field and configured using data from the I/O list. A “test” configuration is automatically created for help in doing the functional loop checks.
- Check: With the I/O configured, a test configuration can be downloaded to a controller in the field enabling smart and non-smart field equipment to be tested and verified (automatically documenting the results)
- Connect: The I/O structure can be imported into Control Builder enabling the signals to be automatically marshalled to the application. Any conflicts or mismatches can be easily identified and corrected. The system is now ready for commissioning
With this solution, there are fewer surprises, fewer change orders, earlier commissioning of projects, and happier owner-operators.
“Signals” is a new Control Builder concept that decouples the hardware and the application engineering. Both the hardware and application engineers refer to the same “signal” names without having to wait for the other. Control Builder visualizes any merging conflicts when the applications meet the hardware configuration so these can easily be resolved. The “signals” enable digital marshalling where different controllers can connect to and use the same Ethernet FCI.
Note: traditional “Variable” I/O connections are still available.